Today I’m dedicating this post to Stephen Baxter. Baxter in my opinion is the successor to Sir Arthur C. Clarke in the realm of hard science- science fiction. In fact, the two have collaborated on some stories the past few years; Time’s Eye, Sunstorm, Firstborn, and The Light of Other Days .
But I’m referring to Baxter’s own works today because he has written about beings that are classified Kardashev Type IV, which ties into what I have been talking about this past week concerning advanced alien societies and their possible ties to humans and planet Earth.
His Xeelee Sequence of novels are set into the far future and (Wikipedia clips here);
“…where humans are rising to become the second most powerful race in the universe, next to the god-like Xeelee. Character development in these stories takes second place to the depiction of advanced theories and ideas, such as the true nature of the Great Attractor, naked singularities and the great battle between Baryonic and Dark matter lifeforms. Examples of novels written in this style: Ring, Timelike Infinity.
The Xeelee are considered god-like and warlike. The Wikipedia description of them are:
“…baryonic lords as they are known are a hyperadvanced civilisation which has existed for billions of years. Their technology far exceeds that of any other species and in many cases aquiring this technology even in crude form will give any civilsation a huge boost over others.
The xeelee are spread across the universe typicly being concentrated in the heart of galaxies where they use the black holes for their own purposes.
Baryons are real quantum particles, along with mesons, “…belong to the family of particles known as hadrons, meaning they are composed of quarks. Baryons are fermions composed of three quarks, while mesons are bosons composed of a quark and an antiquark. The quark model classification of baryons is based on this construction”.
If you can follow that, I’ll give you fifty bucks. But needless to say Baxter understands it.
Hard science sci-fi is my favorite literature and this series is good entertainment, brain stretching material and just makes you go ‘hmmm’.